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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 1, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Watergate is all-over the news this week -

Former presidential aide John Ehrlichman is sentenced to a minimum of 20 months (to five years) in prison after being convicted of conspiracy and lying in the Ellsberg break-in case. Convicted Watergate burglars G. Gordon Liddy, Bernard L. Barker and Eugenio R. Martinez who were also found guilty in the Ellsberg trial last month, received lesser sentences. Ehrlichman was President Nixon’s chief adviser on domestic affairs until he resigned on April 30, 1973. 

 Former White House counsel John W. Dean III is sentenced to at least one (to four) years in jail for conspiring to obstruct justice after pleading guilty eight months ago in his part in the Watergate cover-up. “I realize the wrong I’ve done. What bothers me most, I was involved in corruption of government and misuse of high office.” “I realize that to say I am sorry is really not enough. But in the last 18 months, I have tried to do everything I can to right those wrongs and regardless of what the court does, I will continue on the same course.” John Dean was the first to link President Nixon with the cover-up.

President Nixon spends most of Saturday in his hideaway office in the Executive Office Building, reviewing Watergate materials to be handed over to U.S. Dist Judge John Sirca. He has been conferring with advisors on impeachment proceedings.

President Nixon concedes his (pending) impeachment by releasing new tape transcripts showing he was directly involved in trying to cover up the Watergate break-in only six days after it occurred. In a statement, Nixon admitted that he withheld tapes of the conversations from the House Judiciary Committee after reviewing them and determining that they “presented potential problems” for him in the committee’s

impeachment inquiry. The transcripts are from three conversations he had on June 23, 1972 with then White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, who is now a defendant in the Watergate conspiracy case. Meanwhile the President’s most ardent supporters begin deserting him. 

The resignation of President Richard M. Nixon appears imminent after three Republican congressional leaders warn him “his chances of escaping conviction in the Senate were very gloomy.” Mr. Nixon had called in the three: Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (PA), Sen. Barry Goldwater (AZ) and House Minority Leader John J. Rhodes (AZ) - “to assess the current situation.”

In a Gallup survey - 64% favor the impeachment of President Nixon, up from 51% last month.


Sports news – August 1, 1974

The striking NFL players vote to continue their walkout, which began July 1. So far, owners have lost an estimated $3.4 million on the exhibition games supposed to be played this weekend. Said the players association: “We hope that the owners come to the table and look at their checkbook. Then they’ll begin to realize it’s time to bargain. We’re confident we’ll be as strong next weekend as we are today.”

The World Football League’s “Philadelphia Bell” confirms that the team inflated attendance figures by not differentiating between actual and paid attendance its opening night on July 10. Barry Leib, the club’s executive vice president; “We just had to do it or we would have been a joke. I admit we lied to everyone - what can I say?” The Philadelphia Bell says it had an attendance of 55,534 for its opening night when it actually had 13,800 sold tickets for that game. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 1, 1974

Actor Tom Laughlin - who has made a name for himself in two “Billy Jack” films, will make a departure from his cult figure character when he stars in “The Master Gunfighter.” Four other leading roles remain uncast. The film is being produced by Laughlin and Deloris Taylor - also from the “Billy Jack” films.

The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon against Muscular Dystrophy is set to air on 150 stations Labor Day weekend. The 20-hour telethon will originate from Del Webb’s Hotel Sahara in Las Vegas. Last year, the telethon raised $13.5 million. Ed McMahon will anchor in Vegas. Dorothy Collins will host the New York segments and Johnny Cash will headline the talent from Nashville.  

Actor Paul Newman and producer/director George Englund form a new company - “Projections Unlimited.”  Sargent Shriver will represent the new company, whose planned activities will include a full-scale motion picture and television production slate. In addition “Projections Unlimited” - will be active in business ventures outside the entertainment industry.  

Marries - actress Faye Dunaway (33) to songwriter-composer Peter Wolf (28). It’s the first time for both.

Comedian Richard Pryor (33) is arrested on a disorderly conduct charge in Richmond, VA. Police say the comedian made repeated obscene remarks even after being warned. The comedian put up the $500 bond required to get him out of the clink.


Fashion news – August 1, 1974

Some in styles for fall for the ladies - cotton knit sweater over flared skirt and cotton velour sweatshirt over pants.


Bestselling books – August 1, 1974

Watership Down - Richard Adams

Tinker, tailor, Soldier, Spy - John Le Carre

Cashelmara - Susan Howatch

Fear of Flying - Erica Jong

Jaws - Peter Benchley

The Dogs of War - Frederick Forsyth

All the President’s Men - Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Gulag - Archipelago - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Alive - Piers P. Read

Ladies and Gentlemen ... Lenny Bruce - Godman and Schiller

The Memory Book - Harry Larayne and Jerry Lucas

You Can Profit From The Monetary Crisis - Harry Browne 


Television news – August 1, 1974

Citing “substantial creative differences” between himself and NBC, Ed Friendly advises the network to remove his name as executive producer of the series based on a two-hour TV movie “Little House on the Prairie,” which he developed. The one-hour weekly show stars Michael Landon and premieres next month. Friendly says the two-hour movie closely followed the true-to-life incidents recorded by Laura Ingalls Wilder - author of the nine “Little House” books; “Nonetheless,” the network insists on substantial deviations from the authentic saga depicted in Mrs Wilder’s classic, best selling books. This is not the series that we developed for television.” Friendly continues:  “The differences are of such magnitude that despite many months of discussion they cannot be reconciled. Even if the series is a commercial success, which it may well be, it will not be one of which I am proud nor with which I want to be associated.” The March 30 airing of “Little House on the Prairie” was the highest rated World Premiere ever shown on NBC, but the concept differences between Friendly and NBC arose when the weekly show began developing.  

 Pop Singing idol Bobby Sherman says he wanted to direct movies and approached ABC about some ideas for its “Movie of the Week.” The first story idea “The Courier,” dealt with a narcotics ring that transports drugs across borders by surgically inserting them within the body of a courier. A little too heavy for ABC, so Bobby developed the idea for a film he called “Earthquake.” ABC liked it and assigned Bobby and his partner Ward Sylvester to produce. The film is now in production with the biggest budget of any “Movie of the Week” - at $585,000. Bobby Sherman has to change the name though - do to Universal’s epic of the same name. The new title: “The Day the Earth Moved.”


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – August 1, 1974

CBS - The Hudson Brothers, Cannon, Kojak

NBC - Chase, TV Movie

ABC - Cowboys - TV Movie

PBS - Return-The Great American Dream Machine, Musical Mosaic: East Africa, Festival Films


The Hudson Brothers Show - Andy Griffith guests.

ABC TV Movie - “The Stranger Who Looks Like Me” (1974) - Beau Bridges, Meredith Baxter.

NBC TV Movie - “The Healers” (1974) - John Forsythe, Pat Harrington, John McIntire, Season Hubley. 

The Tonight Show - Joey Bishop hosts with guest Andre The Giant.

Wide World Special (ABC) - A 25th Anniversary salute to Steve Allen.


Music news – August 1, 1974

Singer Mama Cass is ruled to have died from a heart attack on July 29. British pathologist Keith Simpson said that even though Cass Elliot lost 70 pounds in the last few months of her life, the effort was too little too late. “She weighed twice as much as she should have. One of her heart muscles had turned to fat.” Miss Elliott (33) was found naked in bed, propped up against two pillows in a luxury apartment she had rented for a London concert tour. Her manager, Allan Carr said she had slimmed down to 224 pounds from 294 pounds and “she always seemed to be on a diet of some kind or other, always losing and gaining weight.” For the record - Keith Simpson said he found no traces of alcohol or drugs when he examined her, nor did he find anything blocking her mouth or throat (in reference to speculation that she choked on a sandwich). Cass Elliot’s busy two-week schedule at the London Palladium Theater and a round of show business parties no doubt, contributed to her heart attack. Mama Cass Elliot is best remembered as one of the “Mamas and Papas” who topped the pop charts from 1966 to 1968. She had some chart success when she went solo with “Make Your Own Kind Of Music,” “It’s Getting Better Every Day” and “Move In A Little Closer Baby” in 1969.

Columbia Records re-signs Bob Dylan - his original label.  Dylan’s last two albums were released by Asylum Records. Those albums were “Planet Waves” and “Before the Flood.” David Geffen, who wooed the singer to his Asylum label, had no comment on Dylan’s desertion.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play on the West Coast this week. The band was the opening act at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and Springsteen felt the 45 minutes they got to play was all too short. Their first two albums have sold modestly -  “Greetings From Asbury Park” and “The Wild The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle” but have received great reviews from critics (especially Springsteen’s songwriting).  More and more people seem to be turning out for their concerts, especially on the East Coast. On his writing - Bruce says, “The writing is more difficult now. I got a lot of things out in that first album. I let out an incredible amount of things at once - a million things in each song. They were written in half-hour, 15 minute blasts. I don’t know where they came from A few of them I worked on for a week or so but most of them were just jets, a real energy situation.” “On the second album, I started slowly to find out who I am and where I want to be. It was like coming out of the shadow of various influences and trying to be me. You have to let out more of yourself all the time. You strip off the first layer, then the second, then the third. It gets harder because it’s more personal.”

Punk rock group “The New York Dolls” - who were banished from the Roxy in LA last week for conduct unbecoming will be featured in Ralph Bakshi’s latest film project “Hey Good Lookin.” The picture is described as “a Damon Runyonesque look at New York circa 1946-1953, full of gangsters, molls and hoods.” The Dolls will play a “rock and roll group that’s bananas.” Ralph Bakshi is best known for the films “Fritz the Cat” and “Heavy Traffic.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – August 1, 1974

The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace

Feel Like Makin' Love - Roberta Flack

Annie's Song - John Denver

Sideshow - Blue Magic

Rock and Roll Heaven - The Righteous Brothers

Rikki Don’t Lose That Number - Steely Dan

Waterloo - ABBA

Rock The Boat - The Hues Corporation

 (You're) Having My Baby - Paul Anka with Odia Coates

Tell Me Something Good - Rufus

Rock Your Baby - George McCrae

Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White           

Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John

The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies

Please Come to Boston - Dave Loggins

Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim

Then Came You - Dionne Warwick & the Spinners

Takin’ Care of Business - Bachman -Turner Overdrive

Call On Me - Chicago

Wildwood Weed - Jim Stafford

Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here - Three Dog Night

River’s Risin’ - Edgar Winter


Top Music Albums – August 1, 1974

Back Home Again - John Denver

Caribou - Elton John

Journey to the Center of the Earth - Rick Wakeman

Bachman-Turner Overdrive II - Bachman-Turner Overdrive

On Stage - Loggins & Messina

Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings

Tres Hombres - ZZ Top

Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan

461 Ocean Boulevard - Eric Clapton

Before the Flood - Bob Dylan

John Denver’s Greatest Hits - John Denver

Diamond Dogs - David Bowie

Buddha And The Chocolate Box - Cat Stevens


Other top music albums – August 1, 1974

Bad Company - Bad Company

 Fulfillingness First Finale - Stevie Wonder

Road Food - Guess Who

Stop All That Jazz - Leon Russell

Perfect Angel - Minnie Riperton

Marvin Gaye Live - Marvin Gaye

The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band - Souther, Hillman, Furay

Ozark Mountain Dare Devils - Ozark Mountain Dare Devils

You Smile The Song Begins - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid - soundtrack

The Singles 1969-1973 - The Carpenters

Hard Labor - Three Dog Night

Life and Times - Jim Croce

I Got A Name - Jim Croce

You Don’t Mess Around With Jim - Jim Croce


Top movies – August 1, 1974

Walt Disney’s The Castaway Cowboy - James Garner, Vera Miles, Robert Culp.

The Exorcist - Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid - Paul Newman, Robert Redford

The Sting - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw (produced by Michael and Julia Phillips).

Chinatown - Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, John Huston

 Terminal Man - George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart, Jill Clayburgh

The Rolling Stones in Concert - “The World’s First Quadraphonic Film Concert”

That’s Entertainment - Narrated by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor.  

Death Wish - Charles Bronson, Vincent gardenia, William Redfield, Hope Lange

Golden Needles -   Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Ashley, Ann Southern, Jim Kelly, Burgess Meredith

 The Tamarind Seed - Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle, Daniel O’Herlihey

The Groove Tube (A Ken Shapiro film)

Walt Disney’s Herbie Rides Again - Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers, John Mcintire, Keenan Wynn 

The White Dawn - Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Lou Gossett

Uptown Saturday Night - Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Paula Kelly, Johnny Sekka, Roscoe Lee Browne

For Pete’s Sake - Barbra Streisand

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad - John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - Richard Dreyfuss, Randy Quaid, Micheline Lanctot, Jack Warden

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